Tuesday, April 25, 2023

The Last Remains

The Last Remains by Elly Griffiths
4/25/23; 368 pages
Mariner Books
Ruth Galloway Series #15

The Last Remains by Elly Griffiths is a highly recommended mystery/procedural and the fifteenth novel in the Ruth Galloway series.

When builders discover a human skeleton, forensic archeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is called in to examine the bones. It is immediately determined that they are modern and identified as the remains of Emily Pickering, a Cambridge University archaeology student who went missing in 2002 while on a field trip to the Neolithic flint mines in Grimes Graves. Suspicion falls on individuals participating in field trip, including Ruth's friend, Cathbad.

Complicating matters is the threatened closure of the archeology department at the University of North Norfolk where Ruth works. Her relationship with DCI Harry Nelson, with whom she shares a young daughter, is experiencing ongoing complications as he hints that he wants her to move in with him. She has her reasons to be reluctant to take this step.

The Last Remains is well-written and the plot is compelling and interesting. Personally, I would beseech authors to edit out the covid and masking references. Just no. All it did was become a distraction.

Admittedly, this is the first Elly Griffiths novel I have read, so I didn't have all the background and history with the characters that other readers have experienced. They certainly came to life in this fifteenth addition to the series, but I did feel like I was missing some key information and didn't care so much about the relationship as the mystery. Keep that in mind when you read The Last Remains. You can certainly read it as a stand-alone, but I think it would give you an even more satisfying experience if you read the previous novels.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Mariner Books.

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